FHE – Purity

Last night was our last Monday in Arkie-land. It is crazy to think that our time here in Arkansas is coming to an end. We are happy about the change, though. We look forward to new adventures.

Since this week is so busy for us, it was a real temptation not to have a normal family home evening. I really wanted to say let’s just clean for FHE. But we didn’t do that. The girls have off this week for spring break, and it was Tiger’s turn to teach, so we got out the FHE jar, and she taught a lesson.

She picked purity and was a little stumped by the topic. She went to lds.org and checked out various Mormon Messages. There are some really great Mormon Messages on purity – sexual purity. Since Tiger is 10, I don’t think that she was really interested in this kind of purity!

So, she checked out the topical guide, and found a scripture she liked:

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8

This was a good starting point for a lesson – if we want to see God, we needed to be pure.

Tiger was having a tough time coming up with a lesson, so I helped her understand what this scripture means. We also looked up another related scripture:

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” – Psalms 24:3-4

We talked about what this meant – and how it helps to fulfill the scripture in Matthew – when we have clean hands and a pure heart, we can go to the temple. We enter into His Holiness, and we can see Him.

So…here’s the lesson she taught…

Tiger introduced the lesson by giving us elements of an equation.

Make an equation of these parts.

These elements included:

  • A drawing of a hand
  • The wordstrip: “Pure”
  • Three “+” signs
  • Two sets of parentheses
  • A drawing of a heart
  • The doors of the temple
  • An “=” sign
  • The wordstrip: “Clean”

It was up to us to take all of these elements and make an equation. Here’s what we came up with:

("Clean" + Hands)

"+"

("Pure" + Heart)

= Temple Doors - going into the temple

Tiger then taught us that if we want to go to the temple – and dwell in the presence of God, then we need to be Holy.

The first step to being holy is to have Clean hands. Our hands symbolize the things that we do. So – these are good works. We need to be baptized, repent, and renew our covenants. We need to be sure that we are doing good works – like serving others, and keeping the commandments. We need to make sure that we aren’t making our hands dirty by doing evil or wicked things.

Tiger then emphasized that having clean hands isn’t enough. Our inside needs to match what we are doing on the outside. She gave the example of the pharisees – who seemed good on the outside: they kept the laws and did outward commandments. But their hearts weren’t pure. Even while in the presence of their God, they couldn’t see Him. If we want to see God, we need to have pure hearts.

A pure heart means that our spirit is also desiring to do righteous things. We are also keeping inward commandments – the ones that others can’t see. When we have a pure heart, we pray always, seek charity, and develop this love for others. Our inside isn’t tarnished.

Tiger then gave the example of an apple. You could find a shiny scrumptious looking apple and want to eat it. Then, if you bit into it and found that it was rotten on the inside, the whole entire apple is worthless. When we are impure, we become like this apple. It doesn’t matter if the outside looks good if what is on the inside is rotten.

After the lesson, we decided to get some wiggles out with the little ones. T-Rex had everyone laughing and kicking on the floor.

Wiggling and Kicking with T-Rex

I’m grateful that we didn’t put off FHE this week. We had a good excuse and reason not to do a formal FHE, but the effort was worth it. Tiger really learned something about purity, she inspired us to be committed to keeping the commandments and keeping our hearts pure. Plus, we had so much fun afterwards. Family home evening is a blessing.

What did you do for FHE? Don’t forget to check out Jocelyn’s blog – We Talk of Christ for another great FHE experience.

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  1. Barbara

     /  March 20, 2012

    I know I’m a random blog reader, but I really love and admire you and I’m so glad for all the things you share. I’m grateful you’ve shared things about your divorce, your parents, your brother — all the hard things. I’m grateful to learn about Arkansas and the great things you did with your YW. I have been so inspired by your efforts to be more diligent and healthy. I love your scripture study and insight. You are such a great example to me with your 3-week goals this year. I hope your move goes smoothly and I look forward to hearing even more!

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    • Barbara – thank you for such a lovely comment. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading the blog, and I’m glad that this stuff is helpful to someone. I love reading other people’s blogs and learning from the experience of others. It is amazing how something as simple as this can help to connect and uplift us.

      Thanks, your comment made my day. πŸ˜€

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  2. katie

     /  March 21, 2012

    I have been looking for an LDS “Bible Study” by other moms and I’m so glad I found you!!! I did a study through passionatehomemaking.com that I really enjoyed and have been wanting something more ever since. This is not to say that I don’t create and do my own studies, read the Sunday School guides and choose many talks on one topic to study them together, but sometimes I just like to follow another moms insights and journey as well. Anyway, thank you for posting yours. I amstarting with Charity and will move to the Joy and Thanksgiving. BTW, where about are you in AR? We just moved from there to CA, we lived about 25 minutes north of Little Rock. Are you there long
    term?

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    • Katie,
      I’m glad that these exercises are helpful. I hope that you enjoy the charity and joy and thanksgiving studies. I’m thinking of doing a study series for Easter, but it depends because we are in the middle of moving. We are living in NWA, but will be moving out of state soon. We were here for a couple of years. It has been fun, but now we’re looking forward to a new adventure. Anyways, thanks for checking out the scripture study program. Let me know how it goes!

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  3. What a great lesson! I love the simplicity of it. I love that you have your kids come up with these lessons. Thank you for sharing this, and thank you for your inspiring example!

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    • Thanks. It’s amazing how the most simple lessons are usually the best. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the kind remarks. I have found that one of the best ways to have great family home evenings is to let the kids take charge. They love teaching, they have a fresh perspective, and helping them prepare the lesson is a great way to bond and have a one-on-one discussion about gospel topics.

      πŸ™‚

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